I have voiced concern that the Council is still not doing enough in the fight against dog fouling. At a time when new legislation has seen Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN’s) for dogs not on leads increasing from 0 in 2010/2011, to 78 in 2011/12, in the same period, total FPN’s issued for dog fouling dropped from 56 to 39.
I welcome the Council’s efforts to clamp down on irresponsible dog owners. I do, however, feel that more can be done to target the regular offenders who allow their dogs to foul our footpaths and parklands.
The majority of dog walking takes place early morning, evening, and weekends, and officers need to target these core times. Enforcement staff are contracted to flexible working, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but this flexibility needs to be extended further.
There are 50 Enforcement staff employed across Leeds who are authorised and trained to issue penalty notices, and yet in the 12 months to August only 39 dog fouling orders were handed out. I acknowledge that dog fouling is not the only problem they have to deal with, but if we are serious about tackling this foul practice, then we must get better at catching, and fining the culprits.